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Monday Musings – 23/01/12

The norm and the extraordinary…

There are certain things in Africa that just become the norm.

Potholes for instance, there are the usual ones that you can pretty much get around with your eyes closed.  Then they are the new ones created by the rainy season that are designed to keep you alert.  And just when you think you know where they all are, a new one appears to surprise you.

Then there are the sewer back-ups.  If you are fortunate enough, or should I say unfortunate enough, to live at the end of a sewer line, it is quite possible that three to four times a year, what everyone else flushes will end up backing up your sewer system.  Guess what happened last week?

Or what about cream that sours well in advance of the expiry date.  You go to the store, look for the freshest cream on the shelf, take it home and put it in the fridge.  On the day your wife goes to make a lovely “Mississippi Mud Pie” desert, whips the cream, only to discover that it has gone bad well in advance of the expiry date.

These so called “norms” are worth it when you get the opportunity to experience the “extraordinary”.

How about beginning your weekend by spending Friday evening with ten pastors of another denomination?  What a privilege to not only invite them to a conference designed to equip them, but also have the chance to encourage them and pray for them.

Or, what about spending Saturday morning with fellow global workers, enjoying a pancake and bacon breakfast!  What a motivation to discuss over breakfast things that have the potential to influence and shape the lives of bible college students who are preparing for future ministry.

Then, you have the privilege of ending the weekend by preaching in a church that is almost bulging at the seams.  To top it off, three young adults walk forward to accept Christ into their hearts.  It does not get any better than that!!!!

So, I am willing to put up with some of the “norms” in order to experience the “extraordinary”.  Never see the norms in your life as obstacles.  Use them as opportunities to experience the extraordinary moments that God brings your way!!!!

Until next Monday…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

www.reinventingthechurch.com

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